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90100051
Sale: Nomos 10, Lot: 51. Estimate CHF6500. 
Closing Date: Sunday, 17 May 2015. 
Sold For CHF8200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodos. Rhodes. c. 408/7-404 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 21mm, 15.25 g 12), signed by Tauro.... Head of Helios facing, turned slightly to the right. Rev. Rose with bud to left and right; to right, . Ashton 6. B�rend 20 (this coin) = Hecatomnus 49a (A32/P42). Very rare. An attractive piece: toned and with a remarkably fine and serene head of Apollo. Very fine.


Ex Triton XVI, 8 January 2013, 499 and from the collection of A. Trampitsch, Vinchon Monaco, 13 November 1986, 226.

The abbreviated name ... on the reverse has been taken as an artist�s signature by some, but given its prominent size it must, rather, be a magistrate�s name. At this period monetary magistrates in Rhodes primarily used symbols to identify the issues for which they were responsible; the large size of this signature may have been thought of as too ostentatious, with the result that no other such bold signatures were allowed.